Video Story: UM grad works with Filter of Hope on clean water global mission

Isabella Andrews-Zachry
Oxford Stories

The sun was beating down on her skin in the slums of Haiti, and her life was changed forever that day. For the first time, she saw the true love and grace of Jesus Christ.

“For the first time, I felt like my eyes were opened to it (the Gospel), and I decided to completely surrender my life to the Lord, which is something that I had not done before,” said Gabby Puglisi.

After giving her life to Christ her junior year of college on a Cru mission trip to Haiti, Puglisi saw her life began to change. Instead of participating in the Ole Miss party scene, she began to grow in her relationship with the Lord.

Puglisi graduated from Ole Miss in 2019 and began an internship with the campus ministry Cru in the fall. Her main job was to join in communion with girls involved with Greek Life. She was also in charge of Ole Miss Cru’s social media and marketing.

“I think the best part of this last year was, truly, just doing something I loved so much,” she said, “and I got to stick around in my college town and do life with girls that I really care about.”

This year, Puglisi has taken on a lesser role in Cru to make time to work for Filter of Hope, a nonprofit organization that provides water filters to families without clean water around the globe. Filter of Hope also shares the Gospel with families they meet.

“We are an organization that brings, not only a physical need, but also a spiritual need,” says Puglisi.

Puglisi is a ministry coordinator for Filter of Hope, and she spends most of her time working with teams to organize trip logistics, then accompanies them on the trips. She is also in charge of social media and marketing for Filter of Hope.

The pandemic has affected Filter of Hope’s ability to travel with teams around the globe, and Puglisi shared her disappointment about the many canceled spring break trips. However, she also shared her hope and prayer that trips will go on this summer and peoples’ lives will continue to be changed.

“If I were talking to someone about why they should come on this trip, I would say: your eyes are going to be opened to lots of new things…and you are going to so tangibly see how God can use absolutely anyone, whether you feel equipped or not,” said Puglisi.

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